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									                                  INFORMATION SERVICES ASSISTANT

Department: Library                                                              Grade: 8
Division: Information Services                                                   Revision Date: 3/10
Appointing Authority: Library Director                                           Bargaining Unit: C


Definition:

Library, educational and administrative duties in the management and operation of the reference division of a
municipal library, including the organization and delivery of services and the implementation of effective
procedures and processes; all other related work as required that is logical to the position.

Supervision:

Works under the policy direction of the Library Director and Trustees of the Library.

Reports directly to and works under the supervision of the Head of Information Services. Special projects
may be assigned by the Library Director.

Performs no supervisory functions, except may direct volunteers, temporary employees or Library Pages as
assigned.

Environment:

Varied work in a multi-task environment; duties are performed under typical library/office conditions.
Operates standard library/office equipment.

Engages in various levels of contact with co-workers, town employees, committees, Trustees, Friends of the
Library, outside organizations; has continual contact with a diverse general public.

Errors in reference duties may cause incorrect information to be disseminated. Errors in interlibrary loan
duties may cause customer dissatisfaction and reduced fiscal reimbursements due to inaccurate statistical
reporting of ILLs to the state. Errors in judgment or duties may cause an adverse impact on employee morale
or public opinion; confusion and delay, legal or financial repercussions, waste of public funds, and lower
standards of library service for the town.

Essential Functions: (The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of
work that may be performed and are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential
functions of the job. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar,
related or a logical assignment to the position.)

Assists the Head of Information Services with regularly scheduled coverage of the Information Desk;
interlibrary loan activities; computer troubleshooting; and training for staff and public on the use of
computers, the Internet, and electronic databases. Provides information, basic reference, and readers’ advisory
to library users in direct consultation, by phone, email, instant messaging or other emerging technologies.

Answer routine reference questions, using print, electronic, and community resources. Confers with Head of
Information Services or Assistant Head of Information Services on questions of a more complex nature.
Maintains a welcoming environment at the library’s Information Desk. Models good customer service
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practices at all times. Provides referrals to other libraries, sources, etc. when necessary. Helps maintain
statistics on usage of reference services.

Maintains familiarity with GPL reference collection. Contributes suggestions to reference book selection and
purchasing. May be asked to contribute to selection of circulating adult materials.

Maintains high level of awareness of new databases and new web resources. Assists patrons in learning about
library resources and services for independent use and research by providing informal instruction in the use of
such resources (e.g. C/W MARS catalog, Virtual Catalog, Internet, electronic databases). Develops handouts
of library materials, services, web resources, etc. for library users.

Researches requests for material not owned by GPL. Requests books, articles, and other items from libraries
outside the C/W MARS network, in accordance with procedures established by the Massachusetts Library
System (MLS). Assists the circulation staff with requests for material within the C/W MARS network.

In consultation with the Head of Information Services, may be asked to develop and conduct training sessions
for the public on how to use computers, the Internet, and electronic databases, both within the library building
and out in the community.

Attends workshops and conferences that enhance library skills relevant to this position.

Performs circulation desk activities as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

Bachelor of Arts or Science degree from an accredited college; two years of public library experience; or, a
combination of education and experience that enables performance of all aspects of the position.

Must demonstrate track record of responsibility, interest and appropriate skills in the context of formal
organizations.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

Requires knowledge of basic reference sources; previous experience with an automated library circulation
system; demonstrated knowledge of computers, including Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and
email; knowledge of electronic databases and the Internet; ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally
and in writing; ability to multi-task. Must maintain confidentiality of sensitive information, demonstrate
flexibility in a dynamic environment, and be at ease with interruptions.

Ability to deal in an effective and courteous manner with members of the general public on a daily basis; and
enjoy working with and possess the skills to interact with both children and adults in a professional manner.
Ability to establish and maintain effective cooperative and positive working relationships with library staff
and work cooperatively with other divisions, departments and elected or appointed officials. Ability to plan,
analyze, carry out projects, consult and offer advice; requires effective communication skills.
Must perform all aspects of job responsibilities with honesty and integrity.
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Physical Requirements:

Minimal physical effort required under typical office conditions include regular sitting, talking, walking and
mental concentration for extended periods; intermittent moderate effort required for tasks such as moving
files, books or other library printed materials. Position requires the ability to operate a keyboard and view
computer screens and the ability to adjust focus; hearing ability requirements include ability to interact with
the public and to answer the telephone, the public, elected or appointed officials and outside organizations.
Must be able to stoop, kneel, bend, reach forward and above the head; to receive books from patrons; lift
books and other materials; bend and extend reach for such tasks as shelving books or emptying book drop.

Special Requirements:

Requires a criminal records (CORI) check; may involve some night or weekend work as assigned.

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for
personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)


Approved:


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Human Resources Director                                                      Date
                                                                              Revision History: 12/00; 3/10

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Department Head                                                               Mayor



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